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Buddhist Beliefs

Updated on May 4, 2017
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Buddhist Beliefs : Introduction

This article should rightly be called "Buddhists do not believe".

When one talks about religion, it is always about belief in the founder or teacher. Buddhism is the only exeption. In fact the Buddha strongly advised his followers not to simply believe in what he said. He encouraged the use of common sense and human intelligence to analyze his teachings. If after analyzing and one finds the teachings unacceptable, then one is free to disagree and not to accept. In this sense, Buddhist beliefs are different from the other religious beliefs. In other words, there is no blind faith in Buddhism.

This brings out the idea of "good marketing" concept. If you have an excellent product, you have no fear of people rejecting it. You have full confidence in your own product and know that people will buy it! Just present the true facts and benefits of this product, and it will sell by itself.

Let's take electricity. Whether you believe in electricity or not, that doesn't matter; so long as you know how to plug it in and switch on! Likewise, if you place your bare hand on a life wire, you'll be electrocuted. Do you need to believe in electricity?

By the way, do you know who discovered electricity? Michael Faraday. How many people today think of Faraday when they switch on the light each time? None. Do you need to believe in Faraday? So Faraday is irrelevent when we use electricity. His discovery is relevent! So what has this got to do with Buddhism, you may ask. Let's see. When we use electricity, we are not concerned about the discoverer, nor how it works. We are simply happy that electricity works when we plug in and switch on. We need not have to believe in electricity. We know its benefits, and it works.

Buddhism is like electricity. The Buddha is dead and gone, just like Faraday. But his teachings like the laws of electricity are here for us to make use of. We don't have to believe in what the Buddha taught. If his teachings are practical and beneficial, then we just want to follow. Belief is irrelevant, or a non issue.

Buddhist Beliefs : A Buddhist Makes Use Of The Buddha's Teachings

A true Buddhist is one who makes use of the Buddha's teachings because he is convinced that what the Buddha taught is practical and beneficial. He doesn't have to believe in the Buddha. He just need to follow the Buddha's teachings. In very simple language, a Buddhist practises the Buddha's teachings to reduce greed, hatred and delusion so that he will experience inner peace and contentment, living a harmless and noble life.

The bottom line is that "It works"! Nothing to believe.

Buddhist beliefs are like that.

On a lighter note, let's relax with this oldie by Frankie Laine, "I Believe".

Then please watch this very short video by my late Reverend Teacher, who taught me all about Buddhism. This video is only 2.42 minutes and it sums up what I have been writing about.

"I Believe" By Frankie Laine

Nothing To Believe : By My Teacher Ven. Dhammananda

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      ajay 4 years ago

      Recently while reading through some public response on the issue of religious conversion I came across an interesting statement...

      Religion : The art of creating HELL for the living on earth so that they believe in a place called HEAVEN after their death.....

      I raise this matter because i kinda like the "creating HELL" part of the statement. There are many in the modern society too preoccupied in trying to prove/convince other partys that they are in the right faith. But if one were to ask the individual whether they strictly adhere to their religious norms and demands , in most cases you would only find hypocrites. I'm personally a believer in god but not in religions for the very reason stated above.

      Coming back to the topic, one cannot ignore the fact that Gautama Buddha was a privilaged soul. Born to a king, he was destined to rule....however his observation of the lives of ordinary men beyond the boundaries of his castle left an everlasting impression on him. Sorrow, pain and suffering were all difficult feelings to comprehend yet..they are for real. For a young prince these would have been quite confusing to digest for he was brought up shielded by the richness and happiness.

      He was very curious to find the purpose of life . What are the causes of misery. Why some are lucky lots while others are not. For a man to forgo his paved kingsly path to be a pauper takes extreme courage and sacrifices. He himself has never claimed to be god but preached the importance of attaining "mokhsa"...the ultimate goal of each soul.

      One thing i truly cant understand is the fact that Sri lanka with a sizeable buddhist population could not come off its civil war for more than 30 years. What is the point of being a believer, if there is no compassion towards one another. i pray that irrespective of religion people would find peace at heart...

      thank you

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Buddhism has never really been a religion but merely just a teaching of the Truth (Dharma) and so everyone can follow it as long as they are found suitable.

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      Justin Choo 7 years ago from Malaysia


      Thanks for visiting and comment.

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      Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Excellent hub. I'm a Buddhist myself. I prefer a spiritual practice that allows for questions, rather than encouraging blind, unquestioning faith. It's definitely an "excellent product".

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      Brian 7 years ago

      Bird... is as bird only. Flapping is doing only.... Flying ah that is the thing. (being,in,doing) Namaste

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      Justin Choo 8 years ago from Malaysia


      What three things, may I know?

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      Brian 8 years ago

      Bird flapping wings three things only the bird knows. Yes and the being is in doing. so there is flying. Great hub friend.